Difference between House and Senate Tax Bills in 1 chart

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The Daily Signal gives us this handy chart, along with a Heritage recommendation for each item.

The House has now passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate is still working on the final details of its reform package. The Senate plan improves on the House bill in many places and misses important opportunities elsewhere. Here are the differences you need to know about.

Click the link above to view.

Spartanburg County Council Agendas/Meetings

November 14th, 2017|1 Comment

For about 6 years we’ve regularly been providing agenda items for upcoming County Council meetings  here at our website.  I heard from folks recently that they:

Didn’t know when council met

Didn’t know that council meetings were livestreamed and videotaped

Didn’t know they could get the agenda ahead of time

Didn’t know the agenda and supporting document were available on county website

If you visit the Spartanburg County website here … you can find agendas of past and current meetings.  This includes committee meetings and any budget or planning workshops. All open to the public, all videotaped for convenience.

If you would like to receive notice […]

Local Government Fund – what’s next? Meeting Tuesday November 28, 7 PM – The Clock

November 14th, 2017|1 Comment

We have put into motion some plans toward convincing legislators to fully fund the Local Government Fund in the 2018 budget.  We have a lot of work to do!  In response to the press conference last week, the Chairman of Ways and Means, Brian White (R) of Anderson said:

“I welcome the lawsuit. Please sue us. That way we get clarity.”

Seriously…..this is our State Government, talking to the People of Spartanburg County… “Please sue us.”

Please join the Spartanburg Tea Party for a meeting on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 PM at The Clock on Reidville Road. We will have a […]

What are the mandated services the Local Government Fund is required for?

November 13th, 2017|1 Comment

The Local Government Fund is set up by South Carolina law so that when your legislators in Columbia collect taxes from  your county … and then mandate government services be provided by local government for your county … 4.5% of the taxes collected from taxpayers in your county are returned to pay for the services mandated.

So what are those services?  Here’s a list.  So when you have a conversation with  your legislator about fully funding the Local Government Fund in the 2018 state budget, these are the services that you are being taxed twice for:

Animal Shelter


Assessors (Equipment/Software)


Building Codes


Circuit Court

Medically Indigent […]

Bill to be filed re: permit carry of guns in SC churches

November 10th, 2017|3 Comments

Alan Clemmons:

Early this year, the FBI foiled a planned mass shooting at a Myrtle Beach Synogauge. South Carolina has painfully learned that the sanctity of our places of worship aren’t off limits to psychopaths with a death wish. I recently heard from the representative of a congregation in Charleston that had been considering taking advantage of a state law that authorizes concealed weapon permit (CWP) holders to carry on the premises of a place of worship when approved by its governing body. Without such approval it is illegal for a CWP holder to carry on […]


November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Well what I learned is … I need to SPEAK UP at these things!  Also, we were originally scheduled to do this on the side of the building where there is no traffic and noise.  The weather brought us inside, but at the last minute, it was decided to move back out front. So please endure the noise.

We will be having a meeting in the next few weeks to answer questions and prepare for some next steps, I’ll share that as soon as the details are confirmed.  We are reaching out to all 46 counties and could use YOUR HELP […]

Legal Action could be taken re: Local Government Fund

November 9th, 2017|1 Comment

Glad some of the outside Spartanburg media is already picking up on our press conference today! Let me share a point of clarification – right now the pressure is from entities like the Spartanburg GOP the Spartanburg Tea Party and individuals for a political resolution. If legal action must be taken, that will be only individual taxpayers/citizens, not organizations.

From TheState.com:
A local Republican Party is threatening to sue the S.C. Legislature for chronically underfunding local governments, forcing them to raise taxes and fees on their residents.

Counties and cities depend on that money — ranging from $1,000 to $18 million a year […]

Annual Vaccine Awareness Week

November 8th, 2017|0 Comments

This is a subject that more and more people I know and/or follow are growing increasingly concerned with.  Please take a look at the information my friend Jennifer Black has put together to share with us.  Jennifer is very motivated to find some avenue for change through our SC legislature, and I know she’s incredibly well informed and has been spent time working on bills on this subject.  Please take a look at the info below and contact Jennifer at schealthcoalition@gmail.com if you would like to know more!
So this week kicked off the 8th Annual Vaccine Awareness Week.  It is geared […]

Press Conference – November 9 – 10AM – Courthouse RE: Local Govt. Fund

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                   CONTACT

November 6 2017                                                       Dave Wilson, 803-665-3361

A news conference will be held Thursday, November 9th at 10am at the Spartanburg County Courthouse (St. John Street side) regarding SC tax allocations and legal options that could impact local government funding.

WHO:          Josh Kimbrell, Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairman

Justin Bradley, Spartanburg County Councilman

Hope Blackley, Spartanburg County Clerk of Court

Karen Martin, Spartanburg County Tea Party Chairman

WHAT:         News conference

WHEN:         Thursday, November 9th at 10 am

WHERE:      Spartanburg County Courthouse (St. John Street side)

WHY:           To discuss SC state tax allocations and legal options that could impact local
government funding

Please Mark Your Calendars and JOIN US!

Sheriff Chuck Wright on the Penny Tax – Vote is Tuesday

November 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The following message is from Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright:

“I, like everyone else, do not like taxes. However, if we don’t pass the penny sales tax increase, I have no clue how we will be able to build a much-needed courthouse.

“I will be in prayer that the right thing is done on Tuesday, as I trust the good people of Spartanburg to do what’s right.”


Local Government Fund, a fight that needs all 46 counties

November 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Lots of Local Government Fund talk this week in Spartanburg.  Welcome to the battle!

Four years ago I spent a couple of weeks sending information to all 46 South Carolina county GOP Chairs/Ex Committeemen and as many of the 46 County Councils and County Administrators that I can find online email contact info for.  I got 3 responses.  Below is what each county council member, council administrator and County GOP Chairman received.  We are about to launch a new effort to fight for this issue – asking legislators to follow the law they wrote.  Stay tuned for more information!


Perhaps you are aware […]

39 Articles on Courthouse since 2014 – How could you not know?

November 4th, 2017|0 Comments

I hear from people in discussions on the Courthouse referendum “They are sneaking this in, we weren’t told, it’s unfair.”

Not exactly.  We’ve posted 18 articles here on the situation in the past few years.  Look at the search bar on the right side of this page, type “Courthouse” and voila.

Every council meeting, including budget workshops and presentations is open to public. And livestreamed. And video available after for viewing at convenience.  There has been much discussion about the Courthouse situation since Jan 2014.

And 39 … Thirty Nine articles on the Courthouse situation from the Spartanburg Herald Journal.

If you were unaware […]

Campaign School – on the Road!

November 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

On Saturday October 24 there were 32 participants from 6 different counties who attended a 4-hour FREE campaign school in Greenville.  We are ready to take Campaign School on the road!

Are you considering running for office in 2018? Do you want to be a more effective worker on your local campaigns?  If you put together a class of about 15 folks anywhere in South  Carolina, we’ll come teach. Email info@spartanburgteaparty.org  if interested, we’ll put together a plan!  OR … let me know if you are interested in attending, we’ll try to group you in with a class in your area […]

The Bill Sandifer version of the Columbia Cesspool

November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Thanks to TheNerve.org for continuing to expose this corruption!
In a review of state lobbying and campaign expenditure records for the 2010 and 2012 elections, The Nerve found that S.C. Rep. Bill Sandifer, R-Oconee and chairman of the House Labor, Commerce and Industry (LCI) Committee, hired two in-state lobbyists – Jason Puhlasky and Christopher Lindsay – as campaign consultants, paying them a total of $17,453 during the period.

The Nerve’s review also found that several lobbying clients of Puhlasky and Lindsay, as well as political action committees affiliated with their clients, collectively contributed $8,000 to Sandifer’s 2010 and 2012 re-election campaigns.

The Nerve reported in May that Sandifer, […]

Spartanburg’s efforts re: the Local Government Fund

November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

You have heard about the Local Government Fund for years here.  If you want to catch up, type in “Local Government Fund” in the search bar on this webpage on the right and you’ll see article after article, probably close to 30, dating back to 2013.  As part of the discussion re: the Courthouse the Local Government Fund has been talked about quite a bit.

Of all the 46 counties in SC, the Spartanburg Council Council has stood almost alone in fighting and pushing back on Columbia lawmakers’ decision not to follow the law.  For years.  I thought I’d share a […]

Conversation #2 with a NO voter on Courthouse Referrendum

November 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Um. This one I just didn’t bother to respond to!  It didn’t really seem he wanted a conversation 🙂
The tea party is in support of a new tax?!!! What does TEA stand for?!! This is unbelievable. Another institution hijacked. And this is temporary? Right. When does it expire? Is this in writing as…a written contract with we the people? When has a tax increase EVER expired? If the chamber is in favor, I’m NOT!!! The R & D parties are in favor? Un-freakin believable! Truly disappointing. We just had two new taxes imposed on us: the gas tax and a […]

Conversation #1 with a “NO” voter on Tuesday’s Courthouse referrendum

November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

This is definitely a lovely conversation, grown up, rationale and respectful between two people on opposite sides of this issue. I support the YES vote on Tuesday.  BTW as you can imagine I’ve chatted with a good many folks this week, most who called to tell me they are voting ‘no’.   80 percent of them, after a chat, told me they had changed their minds. Facts are a wonderful thing!
No Voter:

I am concerned about the 1 cent sales tax increase. First I have heard that this sales tax after 6 years will through some mechanism of government turn into a […]

Spartanburg County GOP Hosts Lt Gov Kevin Bryant November 17

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

From Spartanburg GOP:

As part of our 2018 Gubernatorial election series, the Spartanburg County GOP is hosting and evening with Lt. Gov. and Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Bryant.

Come join us for an evening with the candidate and fellow Spartanburg Republicans. The event will be held in the main clubhouse at the River Falls Plantation in Duncan. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Fri, November 17, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Sully’s at River Falls

100 Player Boulevard

Duncan, SC 29334

Click here for Event Brite RSVP, tickets are $15.00. You CAN pay at the door.


Support for Courthouse 1 cent tax – Editorial

October 30th, 2017|0 Comments

SHJ’s editorial in support of the 6-year, sales tax to replace County buildings/Courthouse:

(Note: if we do not support this limited tax, we WILL get a property tax, which means that only property owners will be taxed for core government services that all Spartanburg residents access. AND the property tax will be permanent, not a limited 6-year, dedicated tax strictly for the Courthouse complex).

Spartanburg County voters should approve a 1-cent sales tax to fund a new city-county government and justice center.

The reasons for a yes vote are numerous, but they begin with the necessity of constructing new buildings. […]

Courthouse vote November 7 – 1 cent sales tax

October 30th, 2017|3 Comments

We have watched this situation at the Spartanburg Tea Party from 2014 when Clerk of Court Hope Blackley made a presentation to County Council. We’ve had discussions, we’ve reviewed reports, and we have had speakers at our meetings, giving information and answering questions.

There is a role for taxes in our community, and it is to support core government services.  The services provided by the departments and entities of a courthouse fall into that category:  DSS, foster care, family court, paying tickets, being a juror and more than can be mentioned.

I support the 1 cent sales tax and urge you to […]

IRS admits Tea Party, other conservative groups were targets during Obama era

October 26th, 2017|0 Comments

We all knew.

reported at FoxNews.com:

Jay Sekulow:

It took many years to resolve. But I am delighted to report that we have just obtained a resounding victory in our legal challenge to the IRS’s political targeting of conservative organizations.

In an unprecedented victorious conclusion to our four year-long legal battle against the IRS, the bureaucratic agency has just admitted in federal court that it wrongfully targeted Tea Party and conservative groups during the Obama administration because of their political viewpoints and issued an apology to our clients for doing so. In addition, the IRS is consenting to a court order […]

SCGOP State Committee Unanimously Calls for Partisan Voter Registration

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The beginning of the march to closed primaries.

REMEMBER: Only the legislators can do this, and they are NOT inclined to. Actually quite opposed.


At its most recent meeting, the South Carolina Republican Party State Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution calling for a partisan voter registration option on voter registration forms in South Carolina.

The resolution calls on the South Carolina General Assembly to pass legislation that would add appropriate check-boxes to voter registration forms enabling voters to choose to affiliate with a political party […]

Spartanburg GOP Welcomes Kevin Bryant to town November 17

October 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

From Spartanburg GOP:

We are looking forward to having SC Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant join us for heavy Hors d’oeuvres at Sully’s at River Falls off Hwy 290 on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30pm. We will have time to mingle with a short townhall style Q&A session during the program! This is the opening of our 2018 Gubernatorial Forum series for the Spartanburg County Republican Party!! Make plans to join us, registration details are coming soon!

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant calls for ouster of indicted official

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Reported by Independent Mail.com:

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant is calling for the removal of a former state lawmaker who was indicted Wednesday from his position as director of a legislative panel.

Former state Rep. James Harrison was indicted by the statewide grand jury on charges of criminal conspiracy, common law misconduct in office, statutory law misconduct in office and perjury. He was one of five people indicted Wednesday in a growing Statehouse corruption probe.

Harrison is a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who served in the General Assembly from 1989 to 2012. He is currently […]